Pier Solar, a popular retro-style RPG, is getting a complete HD remake and expansive multi-platform release. After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, the game, which was released on the Sega Genesis back in 2010, is already available on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC and Ouya. The game also will be made available on the Android, Xbox One, Wii U and Dreamcast.
The game originated as a pet project of a dedicated Genesis fan base on Internet forums in 2004. Since then, the game’s retro feel, fantasy storyline and addictive turn-based combat have prompted a legion of fans to fund the game’s re-release on a thorough range of consoles and mobile formats.
With the option of experiencing the game in its original 16-bit style or through its new and sleek, high-definition graphics, players can dive into the engaging adventures of Pier Solar’s protagonist, Hoston. A talented botanist whose father has fallen ill from a strange affliction, Hoston must set out to find a cure for his ailing dad.
Pier Solar appeals to those with an affinity for RPG’s of the beloved past, drawing influence from classics like Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star IV, Lunar and Shining Force II. The game does have its own shining moments of innovation and novel mechanics though. While the combat is turn-based, battles are infused with interesting elements. The settings are highly designed with depth and detail. Pier Solar is also packed with mini-games and exciting bonus features, particular on the Dreamcast version, to entertain players even more.
Coming from the classic Genesis version, the re-release will offer the title in a new light, where the stronger platforms will make Pier Solar’s gameplay smoother and better looking, according to Tulio Adriano, spokesman for Pier Solar’s designer, WaterMelon, who spoke in a recent interview with Game Informer.
The new platforms will offer other useful nuances to the re-release like integration with the Wii U’s second interactive screen. Battle sequences, enemy AI, HUD features and menus will be enhanced and the game’s new director’s cut will feature extensions to the storyline, giving more plot and character insights for fans of the original to enjoy, Adriano said.
Pier Solar started out on an online message board, where fanatics of the Sega Genesis began collaborating to make an RPG game specifically for the retro system. A limited pre-release of the game in 2008 sold out in just a few months, prompting WaterMelon to finish Pier Solar and distribute retail copies. Since the immense success of their Kickstarter funding campaign, which gave them over $90,000 of surplus cash, funders of the game also get a special download of a film documenting a year of WaterMelon’s work on Pier Solar.
The company has other projects in the works. Code-named project Y and N, these titles will be designed specially for classic consoles like the Genesis and Super Nintendo with heavy creative input coming directly from fans that help financially support the games’ coming to fruition.
Images via kickstarter.com